Announcements, News & Events

Save the Date for Our Sixth Annual Symposium!


Thursday, October 3rd, 2019
8 am – 7 pm
BRB II/III, Gaulton Auditorium


Save the Date: Pittsburgh Rust Belt Microbiome Conference

The Pittsburgh Rust Belt Microbiome Conference will take place November 4 and 5, 2019 at Carnegie Mellon University.

PennCHOP Microbiome Program Participates in Be A Scientist
On Sunday, April 28th, several members of the PennCHOP Microbiome Program participated in the Be A Scientist event.
High-Throughput Sequencing Core Hosts Penn Wood High School Students
On April 24th, our High-Throughput Sequencing Core welcomed a class from Penn Wood High School to learn about sequencing and DNA extraction.
Save the Date: 6th Annual Microbiome Symposium: The Impact of the Microbiome on Cancer Progression and Therapy

Please refer to the following announcement for our 6th Annual Microbiome Symposium starting the night of Wednesday, October 2nd 2019. Our Keynote presentation will be by Laurence Zitvogel, MD, PhD. Please stay tuned for more announcements on this exciting event!

2019 PennCHOP Microbiome Pilot and Feasibility Grant Program

Purpose and Research Focus:
The mission of the PennCHOP Microbiome Program is to facilitate research across campus focused on understanding the microbiome and altering its composition and activity to improve health. Pilot/Feasibility grants are designed to bring together microbiome investigators and to stimulate other researchers to enter the field and investigate the influence of the microbiome in their subject areas. The Pilot/Feasibility Projects can focus on the microbiota at any body site of the human or animal hosts. Projects can focus on composition and/or function of bacterial, fungal, archaeal, or viral communities as well as their physiological and pathological effects on their hosts.

Microbiome and Gut Inflammation in the Preterm Infant

The Metabolism, Nutrition and Development Research Affinity Group is hosting:

Katherine Gregory, PhD, RN, FAAN
Executive Director Women’s and Newborn Health Brigham and Women’s Hospital
Assistant Professor – Harvard Medical School
Neonatal Editor – Journal of Perinatal and Neonatal Nursing

“Microbiome and Gut Inflammation in the Preterm Infant”
January 17, 2019 12:00pm
Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
Colket Translational Research Building
Room 1100A
Please RSVP to courtwrigs [at]

Call for Projects: Microbiome Pilot & Feasibility Program

The PennCHOP Microbiome Program, along with its matching partners in the School of Veterinary Medicine and the Center for AIDS Research, is proud to announce the next call for projects as a part of the Microbiome Pilot & Feasibility Program.

Application Deadline: 3/16/18

Please click here for application details

Ecological Diversity in the Microbiome

In the second lecture of our spring series, Kyle Bittinger PhD discussed the diversity of bacterial communities. Diversity can mean the number of species observed in each sample (alpha diversity) or the number of species shared between samples (beta diversity). The way diversity is used to analyze bacterial communities was discussed, as well as special topics such as UniFrac distance and principal coordinates analysis.

PennCHOP Microbiome 2017 Pilot & Feasibility Projects

We would like to congratulate those selected for 2017 Pilot & Feasibility Project funding, and thank all those who applied.
Please click here to see a full project listing.